Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice, will receive the inaugural Cato T. Laurencin Regenerative Engineering Society Founder’s Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Mikos is being recognized for his “demonstrated leadership in the science and practice of convergence research as applied to regenerative engineering and medicine.”
His research focuses on the synthesis, processing and evaluation of biomaterials for use as scaffolds in tissue engineering, carriers for controlled drug delivery, nonviral vectors for gene therapy and as platforms for disease modeling. His work has led to the development of orthopedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic and ophthalmologic biomaterials. According to Google Scholar, Mikos’ publications have been cited 98,145 times and his h-index is 163.
Mikos earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1988. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Medical School before joining the Rice faculty in 1992. He is director of the Biomaterials Lab, the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering and the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering at Rice.
Mikos is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Inventors, the Academia Europaea, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Athens. Mikos was awarded the 2019 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal.
Mikos will formally receive the award, which includes a medal and a $2,500 honorarium, during the Regenerative Engineering Society’s awards lecture at the AIChE Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 5-10 in Orlando, Fla. AIChE is a professional society of more than 60,000 members in more than 110 countries.